Recently, a report surfaced that outlined the eventual release of transit directions for Apple’s stock Maps app, a feature that has been requested for quite some time, and that it would launch in iOS 9.
While the arrival of transit map data within Apple’s Maps app is a welcomed addition, a new report has arrived that outlines a more gradual rollout than some people might like. Apparently Apple’s upcoming Transit Maps will be rolled out like many other features, meaning that it won’t be globally available right out of the gate. Based on information provided to 9to5Mac from unnamed sources, the rollout will include only some cities in North America, China and Europe.
Indeed, the rollout, if these plans are right on course, is quite limited in its scope. The report indicates that in the United States, the launch cities for Transit Maps will include New York City and San Francisco. That’s not that big of a surprise by itself, considering the mass transit in those cities is a huge method of transportation for many people that live there. In Canada, Toronto is potentially the only city that will earn the transit information within Maps at launch.
London, Paris and Berlin will apparently earn the launch mark from Apple for Transit Maps, with those cities set to represent Europe. And, finally, in China it’s going to be a bit harder for Apple to rollout its transit information within Maps, as preexisting deals in the country prevent Apple from mining its own transit data. As a result, Apple will have to work with AutoNavi to use the information needed for transit information:
“While Apple has accumulated its own data for North America and Europe, Apple is working with longtime partner AutoNavi to source transit data for China. Pre-existing agreements currently prohibit Apple from collecting its own transit maps data in China, according to a source, and Apple already utilizes AutoNavi data for pre-existing Maps features for iPhones in China“
The report also indicates that while these are the areas that Apple plans to initially rollout the Transit Maps feature, it will not be the only sites for long. Apple already has sights set on Tokyo, Japan and Boston, Massachusetts as its next two major cities. Tokyo could prove burdensome, though, considering the amount of transit information that Apple will have to collect.
Earlier on May 26, it was reported that iOS 9 will support Force Touch in the iPhone 6S, and that several changes are coming to iMessage, the keyboard and other areas. Before that, reports surfaced that outlined the arrival of Apple’s custom font, San Francisco, landing on the mobile platform to give it a refreshed look. All-in-all, though, iOS 9 is billed as an update that’s meant to enhance the software and optimize the performance.